This is an invite, for you to take part in a research study. You are free to choose to take part or not. However, before you decide, it is important for you to understand the purpose of this research and what it will cover. Please read the following information carefully, and feel free to contact the researcher should you have any questions or anything that is not clear or if you would like more information.
What is the purpose of the study?
The term "Microservice Architecture" has sprung up over the last few years to describe a particular way of designing software applications as suites of independently deployable services. While there is no precise definition of this architectural style, there are certain common characteristics around organization around business capability, automated deployment, intelligence in the endpoints, and decentralized control of languages and data. Martin Fowler (martinfowler.com, n.d.)
The use of the microservice architecture approach, enables the rapid, frequent and reliable delivery of large, complex applications. It also enables an organization to evolve its technology stack.
The aim of this Masters level research project is to evaluate how microservices architecture can be successfully used by organisations to lay a foundation for continuous innovation and agility to respond rapidly to the demands of today’s extraordinarily competitive business environment. This research seeks to provide a toolkit that can be used by software architects and senior managers in making a case for the right time to make a move and giving cost implications of the move.
Do I have to take part?
There is no compulsion, you should only participate if you want to. Should you decide to participate, you are still free to change your mind and withdraw at any time without giving a reason.
What will I have to do?
The research involves a short anonymous questionnaire, and an optional follow-up virtual interview in keeping with social distancing.
Does what I say in this study become public?
- All information collected will be kept strictly anonymous and confidential (subject to legal limitations).
- No commercially sensitive data will be collected.
- The storage of data will comply with the UK Data Protection Act and the University’s Data Protection Code.
What should I do if I am happy to take part?
Complete the questionnaire that follows. Please do indicate if you wish to participate in the follow-up interview, by checking the button at the end of the questionnaire.
What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of the research will be included in a dissertation as part of an MSc in Technology Management.
Who is the researcher?
Gerald Ncube, an MSc student at the Open University.
Who has reviewed the study?
The research has been approved by the University's Ethics Committee.
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